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Birth Injury Case Results in $25 Million Settlement

By Randy Appleton, Brain Injury Attorney

A $25 million settlement was reached in a case involving a child who suffered a brain injury during birth. The claim was brought against the physicians who handled the mother’s moderate-risk pregnancy. To learn more, read the story here…

Multi-Million Dollar Settlement Reached in Birth Injury Case

About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.


Segway Fall That Caused Man’s TBI Leads to $10M Jury Award

The injured man became permanently disabled and had to drop out of college after being allowed by company representatives to ride a Segway through an obstacle course while blindfolded and without a helmet.

By Rick Shapiro, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney in Virginia

A man who became permanently disabled after falling backwards off a Segway during a company-sponsored demonstration of the two-wheeled motorized scooter and sustaining a traumatic brain injury has won a $10 million jury award in Connecticut (CT). Evidence presented at trial showed that Segway representatives allowed the man to ride the vehicle through an obstacle course while blindfolded and without wearing a helmet. According to the brain injured man’s attorneys, Robert B. Adelman and Neil Sutton, the company reps brought no helmets to the demonstration at all.

As this clip from The Ellen DeGeneres Show indicates, crashing and falling from a Segway is surprisingly easy:

The talk show host suffered no injuries, but the man in this case sustained a TBI and brain damage that forced him to drop out of college just one year shy of earning his bachelor’s degree. During the trial, the brain damaged man’s lawyers emphasized the neglect and recklessness Segway reps showed in not providing helmets and the loss of future earnings and quality of life for their client, who now works as a low-paid handyman.

As a Virginia (VA) personal injury attorney whose firm often represents traumatic brain injury victims, I have seen firsthand how a closed head injury can adversely affect a person for a lifetime. I also know that no person on a motorized scooter should ever ride without a helmet, let alone be allowed by a responsible party like a Segway representative to operate the vehicle while not having his or her head protected. No one should ever suffer a TBI due to another person’s negligence.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.


New Treatments Offer Promise for Recovering From Brain Injuries

Experts say each of the therapies requires more study before any can be adopted as a gold standard.

By Randy Appleton, Virginia Brain Injury Attorney

My colleague John Cooper recently wrote about a study on brain injury treatments that show certain techniques have produced significant improvements in victim’s memory, attention and decision making. But while promising, John notes that experts say each of the therapies requires more study before any can be adopted as a gold standard.

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. Our injury lawyers also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services. While not every brain injury case meets our criteria, if you or a loved one is thinking about taking legal action against a possibly at-fault person or company that caused your injury, call our office at (800) 752-0042 for a free consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail. We will return your call.


Adverse Effects of Concussions and Head Injuries May Last a Lifetime

By Jim Lewis, Carolina Brain Injury Lawyer

My Carolina personal injury law firm colleague Kevin Duffan has posted a blog about brain injury warnings involving concussions and how head injuries may cause mental illness or death.

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. Our injury lawyers also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services. While not every brain injury case meets our criteria, if you or a loved one is thinking about taking legal action against a possibly at-fault person or company that caused your injury, call our office at (800) 752-0042 for a free consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail. We will return your call.


Parents: Concussion Led Virginia Teen Football Player to Commit Suicide

Lawsuits brought by former players against the National Football League are bringing attention to the lasting effects of sports-related brain injuries.

By Kevin Duffan, VA Brain Injury Lawyer

My colleague John Cooper reported recently on our law firm’s Norfolk Injuryboard blog site about the suicide of a Virginia high school student after a football concussion and the awareness brought to the lasting effects of sports-related brain injuries by lawsuits brought by former players against the National Football League.  To learn more about what to you or a loved one can recover from a wrongful death and brain injury claim, check out our videos on the subject.

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. Our injury lawyers also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services. While not every brain injury case meets our criteria, if you or a loved one is thinking about taking legal action against a possibly at-fault person or company that caused your injury, call our office at (800) 752-0042 for a free consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail. We will return your call.


NC Head-On Collision Injures Six

Most head-on collisions occur on two-lane highways with no divider in the middle.

By Randy Appleton, Carolina Brain Injury Attorney

Most head-on collisions occur on two-lane highways with no divider in the middle. That’s the setting of a recent crash in North Carolina that landed  six in the hospital. To learn more, visit our blog to read “Six Injured in Head-On Collision.”

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. Our injury lawyers also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services. While not every brain injury case meets our criteria, if you or a loved one is thinking about taking legal action against a possibly at-fault person or company that caused your injury, call our office at (800) 752-0042 for a free consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail. We will return your call.


$2.5M Head Injury Lawsuit Brought Against Virginia Tech

By Rick Shapiro, VA Brain Injury Attorney

Inadequate facilities and a lack of supervision at a Virginia Tech basketball camp in Blacksburg, VA, contributed to the severe head injury sustained by a camper.

At least that’s the claim made in a Virginia personal injury lawsuit brought by Gary Schuler, whose teen-aged son, Austin Schuler, was injured in 2009, according to a report in the Roanoke Times. Injury lawyers acting for the family are suing the Seth Greenberg Basketball Camp and Virginia Tech for $2.5 million in a civil action brought last month in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

Austin Schuler was 15 when he fell or was thrown from the basketball court during a game and hit his head on a wall, suffering a brain injury, fracture, bruises, a cut and other wounds, according to the personal injury lawsuit, filed March 28.

Although Austin Schuler, who now lives near Staunton, Virginia, has recovered, but the lawsuit states he is at greater future risk of future injury and health issues. The personal injury lawsuit says the facilities at Blacksburg were inadequate to protect Schuler. Specifically it states the wall in a gym at Virginia Tech should have been padded near ground level where the boy struck his head.

The lawsuit further argues the distance between the end of the playing surface and wall, which was 33 inches, should have been greater; while the game official was not sufficiently trained and qualified.

We recently reported how baseball is taking extra precautions to protect players against brain and head injuries. Major league baseball has adopted a new joint policy related to concussions, which includes the creation of a seven-day disabled list.

Increasingly, schools and sports authorities are taking action to learn more about the symptoms of concussion and other sports injuries. Major steps have been taken in Virginia (VA) in recent months to improve the safety of baseball, including a ban on high performance aluminum bats.

These high performance metal bats make the baseball travel faster. A metal bat may have been linked to a traumatic brain injury suffered by a high school baseball player who was hit in the head by a line drive and sent into a coma last year.

Our Virginia personal injury lawyers have handled cases involving baseball and have handled other major Virginia brain injury personal injury cases as well. In one baseball related case, which we recently concluded, the manufacturer and the seller of a baseball pitching machine had improperly designed their product in such a way as to cause a facial injury to the athlete who was using the equipment.  Our injury attorneys (based in Virginia) developed substantial evidence and were able to obtain the settlement for our injured client.

The Virginia Tech lawsuit asks the significant questions of whether schools and colleges are doing enough and if sports facilities require fundamental redesigns to achieve greater safety for our athletes.  The court of public opinion seems to be demanding more.  This is exemplified by head and brain injuries suffered by our military in Iraq, as well as how active the NFL has been recently on brain injury and concussions.

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law, and we have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. Our injury lawyers also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Furthermore, we proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard and Norfolk Injuryboard as pro bono public information services. While not every brain injury case meets our criteria, if you or a loved one is thinking about taking legal action against a possibly at-fault person or company who caused your injury, call our office at (800) 752-0042 for a free consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail. We will return your call.